TesTrek 2012: News on Speakers and Experts

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ALM and Lean Best Practices from Microsoft and David Consulting Group Experts

New practices require new techniques and tools. Join Adam Gallant of Microsoft and Thomas Cagley of David Consulting Group for in-depth sessions to help your team adapt and thrive in an agile software delivery environment.

Featured TesTrek 2012 Sessions:

“Testing Techniques for Modern Applications”
Presented by Adam Gallant, Microsoft

The past few years as seen a change in IT towards building distributed, cloud-connected applications for broad platform consumption, from mobile devices to traditional PCs, all while striving to adopt agile practices in software delivery. This change brings with it a continuing evolution of techniques that are required to ensure high quality applications.

In this session, we’ll examine methods to drive higher quality in these new applications, from exploratory testing techniques, UI automation, to load/stress testing and lab environments. We’ll also explore how “tours” can support new ways to drive coverage in testing. Read more.

“Lean Techniques for Managing Testing”
Presented by Thomas Cagley, David Consulting Group

Lean techniques used in testing are mechanisms to scale testing processes while optimizing the testing value stream. In today’s corporate environment lean and agile are used almost synonymously but they are not the same. Lean focuses on systems thinking and process optimization while agile is focused on people. Lean concentrates on the workflow through a testing process.

Tools like value chain mapping and kanban can be used to maximize the value of testing while enhancing overall team performance. Combining lean and agile can optimize both the people equation and the process equation. Join Tom to understand how a combination of both techniques applied correctly can benefit your own organization. Read more.

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Keynote: How QA Can Help Deliver Business Agility and Innovation

Keynote Speaker: Bruce Pinn, CIO, International Financial Data Services Ltd.

Not long ago, the key measure of an IT group’s success was simply on how well it delivered excellence in managing the fundamentals of a data centre. If the systems were running reliably, incidents were managed effectively, finances were in order, and the project portfolio was reasonably healthy, life was good for all.

Times have changed. A CEOs expectation of his or her IT department has grown significantly. Yesterday’s definition of IT service excellence has become today’s service level agreement table stakes. CEOs want their IT department to show more agility and innovation so as to drive down IT costs, create revenue opportunities and support the business in delivering on its strategic priorities. Quality Assurance plays a key role in helping the CIO deliver on today’s IT mandate. You need to ask yourself what you and your team are doing to face the new IT challenges? If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.

Don’t miss this exciting keynote presentation by Bruce Pinn on Wednesday, November 7 at TesTrek 2012! Read more.

About Bruce Pinn

TesTrek Keynote: Bruce Pinn, CIO, International Financial Data Services Ltd.Bruce Pinn is Chief Information Officer, accountable for Core Development, Client Development and the Project Management office at International Financial Data Services Ltd. Prior to IFDS, Bruce held the position of Senior Vice-President of Development at Symcor Inc. His previous experience also includes serving as Vice-President, Application Development at Optus e-Business Solutions and Senior Vice-President, Application Development at Corelan Communications Inc.

In his role at Corelan, Bruce led the development of the FundSERV Mutual Fund trading system, as well as the design and management of several large websites, including Thomas Cook’s FX business online. Bruce has over 30 years of IT experience and has thorough knowledge of financial services and outsourcing. Read more.